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Replacing old plaster ceiling with drywall

Old 12-17-10, 09:57 PM
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Replacing old plaster ceiling with drywall

I am gutting an old rowhouse in Baltimore and struggling with the upstairs ceilings. There was extensive water damage in the back and I had to pull down much of the plaster and lath. The ceiling joists are warped and quite uneven. I had planned to run 2x4 perpendicular to the joists and use shims, then put 4" drywall screws through the 2x4 into the ceiling joist. This takes very long and the results aren't great. Is there an easier way to do this? I'm also concerned about the extra weight. The old joists that are there run into the brick walls on either side and would be difficult to replace. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Old 12-18-10, 04:34 AM
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Using furring strips and shims is the best way I know of. You could probably get by with strapping smaller than a 2x4. I would think a 1x3 would work fine. I had to fur down the ceiling in my living rm but I don't remember what I used

I'd expect the furring strips and drywall to weigh less than the plaster and lath.
Old 12-19-10, 09:40 AM
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You could run a sting line and nail or screw 2x4's along the joist in the same direction. Nail the new board on the side of the joists and make those level.

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